Partnership deal will boost training in Sunderland

LEARNING CURVE: From left, Brenda McLeish, Jon Cummins and Julie Gilhespie from LCG.

LEARNING CURVE: From left, Brenda McLeish, Jon Cummins and Julie Gilhespie from LCG.

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A MULTI-MILLION pound partnership is set to help train people on Wearside.

Learning Curve Group (LCG), which has a training centre in Sunderland, has formed a deal with investment company MML Capital Partners, to explore further opportunities for disadvantaged youngsters and allow both full-time students and adult learners to develop and progress.

The partnership will give LCG access to financial resources that will strengthen its position as a provider of on and offline education and training solutions.

LCG, which employs 164 full-time staff at its head office in County Durham, will invest in expanding its curriculum portfolio and to deliver capacity in priority areas, which include apprenticeships, English and maths, programmes for the unemployed as well as developing its online delivery technologies.

This will build on its programmes of learning support to FE providers, employers looking to upskill employees, and individuals seeking qualifications.

Brenda McLeish, chief executive officer, said: “These are very exciting times for Learning Curve Group. This partnership will cement our reputation as a leader in education and training provision for many years to come.

“We chose MML as our investment partner because of its extensive experience, flexible approach and strong partnership ethos, which will enable our senior management team to retain operational freedom.”